Saturday, January 1, 2011

An Amish Love Escape

From the Publisher

Three novellas in one book provide variations on the Amish theme. Each stands alone, though characters overlap as three couples search for love.

In "A Marriage of the Heart," Abigail Kauffman forces her marriage to Joseph Lambert, a man struggling with his past in the Englisch world. They forge a tentative relationship, but both their pasts may be their undoing.

Ellie Chupp, a blind Amish woman in "What the Heart Sees," must face Christopher Miller when he returns to his Amish roots seeking forgiveness for his part in causing Ellie's blindness. But can he forgive himself? One strong woman leads the way.

Finally, in "Healing Hearts," Naaman Lapp returns home after a year away to find Levina, his wife of 31 years, distrustful and confused. Naaman woos her as he struggles to make amends with his children. But a mysterious man comes looking for Naaman and rumors begin to fly.

My Take

I am usually a fan of the Amish romance novels. So when An Amish Love came up for review, I jumped at the chance. Heck, there are 3 novellas in one book (Healing Hearts, A Marriage of the Heart, and What the Heart Sees) so I figured it was a good deal!

I think these novella are a nice, Sunday afternoon read if you're snowed in or something but they weren't page-turners or can't-put-it-down stories. As all Amish romances go, it was pretty predictable but the novella format kind of rushed the stories. One chapter the characters just met and two chapters later, they're in love. I think there could have been more development of the characters and stories if these novellas had been made into individual books.

There seemed to be some contradictions in the stories with the Amish lifestyle. I haven't read anything where a husband leaves the wife for a year with no contact. Maybe that's allowed but, with all the books I've read & reviewed, I'd never heard of it. Another was the acceptance of a shunned member back into the fold. Either the story wasn't developed enough, or there was just an assumption that his acceptance had gone through all the channels. But it still doesn't jive with the stories I've read.

All in all, it was a decent book to read and pass the time but I don't know if I'd pay money for it at $14.99.

I received this book free from Booksneeze as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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